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Set in a white-stuccoed, six-story Victorian property with balconies to the front, the Notting Hill by Bridgestreet Serviced Apartments are just on the border between two of west central London’s most popular areas, Bayswater and Notting Hill. The property sits in a wealthy residential neighbourhood just a few minutes’ walk from Queensway and from Westbourne Grove, both of which have an abundance of shops, restaurants and bars.
Kensington Gardens, one of London’s most popular green spaces, is about a 10-minute walk from the apartments. The park’s 275 acres include the magnificently rococo Prince Albert Memorial, a large children’s playground which commemorates Princess Diana who lived in adjacent Kensington Palace, and the Peter Pan Statue, beloved by generations of London children as well as visitors.
You can walk from the apartments to Portobello Road Market in about 10 minutes. This open-air market is best visited on Friday or Saturday when you can browse for antiques, designer clothing and knick-knacks, and fill up on the many delicious varieties of street food on sale.
The apartments are just over the road from a traditional London pub, the Prince Edward. Its interiors are decorated in traditional Victorian style with a wooden bar edged by a highly-polished brass rail, original fireplaces and an old ship’s bell behind the bar to call last orders. Hall & Woodhouse, established in the 18th century, supply the traditionally brewed ales which include Badger Gold, Tanglefoot and Sussex. You can also eat at the Prince Edward and the menu includes English pub favourites like battered cod with chips and mushy peas, sausage and mash, and a selection of burgers.
Other eating options nearby include El Pirata Detapas, a few minutes’ walk away on Westbourne Grove. This Spanish restaurant serves a wide selection of tapas dishes such as croquettes with Serrano ham and chicken, paprika crispy fried squid and wood pigeon, fig puree and red wine jus. The restaurant is set in a room with contemporary, minimalist décor. The Café Anglais, a three-minute walk away in the splendid 19th century building that also houses Whiteley’s Shopping Centre serves a sophisticate Anglo-French menu in a modern room flooded by light and featuring long banquettes and an open kitchen. Expect dishes like Parma ham with pickled damsons, roast brill with rosemary and garlic, and daube of beef with chestnuts.
These smoke-free apartments with a secure entry system come in two configurations, studio or one bedroom, and allow guests more independence and privacy than does a standard hotel. All apartments have fully equipped kitchens or kitchenettes. Other amenities include sound systems, TVs with DVD players and workdesks with lamps. Hairdryers, irons and ironing boards are also provided and the building has a lift. Pets are not allowed.
The apartments have direct dial phones and broadband internet is available for an extra charge. Guests will find handbooks with a city and local guide and there is weekly maid service. If you book in for seven nights or more, a welcome box containing snacks and essentials is provided.
London Underground’s Bayswater Station, which is on the Circle and District lines, is a six-minute walk from the apartments. From there you can take a train for two stops, a couple of minutes, to Kensington High Street which offers a wide range of upmarket shopping and dining. You can also reach St James’s Park in 15 minutes – from there it’s a five-minute walk to Buckingham Palace. A 30-minute journey will get you to Tower Hill Station, the stop for the Tower of London.
Queensway Station on the Central Line is less than a 10-minute walk from the apartments. The Central Line will speed you to Oxford Circus in the heart of London in just over five minutes.